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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adelson

Executive Compensation in a Pre-IPO Company

Updated: Dec 29, 2021



On October 1, 2019, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Executive Compensation in a Pre-IPO Company.”   The magazine advised me that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website.

This was my 24th article published in CEOWORLD. Earlier this year, the editor advised that I can add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field.  

This article, my most recent, published October 1, is designed for C-level and senior executives in private companies that are planning for or soon contemplate an initial public offering.  The article discusses executive compensation in public companies, then executive compensation in private companies and the transition from a private company to a public company. The article offers further tips to the executive facing and negotiating that transition including:

  • What should you do to protect your interests?

  • How much should you be paid?

  • How do you structure your executive equity compensation as the value of the stock increases? 

  • What other equity-related terms to seek before the IPO?


The article concludes with discussion of issues to consider post-IPO.



With more than 12.4+ million-page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide. It is my hope that this article will be helpful to CEOs, COOs, CMOs, other C-Level and senior executives in pre-IPO companies may benefit from this article. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me at radelson@engelschultz.com.

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